* Posts by RPF

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

I hate to burst your bubble. but land-based aviation is inherently more capable than naval, since it is not limited to a short runway (or need the strengthening/equipment for carrier ops).

You don't see many B-1s, B-2s or B-52s on carriers, for instance.

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Bloke coughs to leaking US military aircraft blueprints to China

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"PLED" guilty? Yuck.

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Cunning scam: Mobe app stalks victims then emails booby-trapped bogus speeding tickets

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Re: Ingenius scam.

How the hell do you get airborne without anyone touching a single control?

The BS is strong in this one.

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Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

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Currently running 10Mbps <1 mile from the county's capital.....

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: A boondoggle through and through and now ejection seats are also a problem?

Tornado is a way better ground-attack aircraft than Harrier ever was and will only be replaced in that role by the F-35 (F3 replaced by Typhoon).

No it isn't ideal having no aircraft for our carriers, but keeping the more capable Tornado was the right choice for all other missions. Harrier could not have done the Libya tasks, for example.

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AdBlock replaced blocked ads with ads for Amnesty International

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Really enjoying Brave browser (Bravery: Block ads)......

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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You sound just like the moron with the laser. You're just as wrong.

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You can see down from the cockpit (and therefore v.v.).

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Re: Technological solution

Actually depth perception is quite an important part of landing, especially in the later stages.

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Re: Filters or just control

Ever driven a car with no windows?

How exactly would the aircraft get to/from the runway, even if they wanted to do auto lands every flight?

Talk about the tail ( of your "logic" ) wagging the dog ........

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

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Of course the seaweed-suckers are so much more....manly?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-449887/Iran-hostage-Mr-Bean-branded-disgraceful-mother.html

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

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Re: Why...

Another fuckwit comment.

Think about it: would you want automatic (un-checked) entries to be transferred into the aircraft electronically?

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V-min-unstick trials are carried out as certification, yes.

But not for the reasons you state; it's often about flight control laws and performance.

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Re: Using toys as tools...

Idiot. Many are ex-bush pilots, but airline flying is a completely different thing. It's about eliminating errors and risk in order to achieve maximum safety.

Don't think flying at 50 feet at 150 knots makes you God's gift, either; far from it. You're at least 500 knots slower than some of the best......

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HMRC 'reluctant' to crack down on VAT fraudsters – tax ace

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VAT needs to be scrapped and have an individual- or company-wealth tax replace it.

So much easier and will promote buying and selling ("the economy").

Guess the multi-millionaires in parliament don't want that, though the current system is clearly unfit for purpose.

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

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Re: Will the next Great War be religious?

Here are the 10 biggest....

http://addictivelists.com/10-biggest-religious-wars-ever-fought/

They may have missed The Crusades.

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

RPF

Re: Sierra Cosworth

At 130MPH your engine would have been doing over 8500 RPM, so not terribly likely.

Especially with barely more than 200BHP.

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Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

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Declining LESS slowly? Problem with the title.

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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

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Maybe it will be based in Luxembourg?

Or perhaps HMRC will be as tough on them as they were (not) with Amazon?

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Apple goes to crapple in stock plunge kerfaffle: $113bn wiped off in days

RPF

Time to buy, then!

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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I agree. There is a direct link that I can think of:

The in-flight moving map for the passengers takes the arrival time from the Flight-Management Computers in the cockpit, no question.

I sure hope that's a one-way connection.....

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Re: Step back and thnk about this.

Here's one that failed as a direct result of a design flaw:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_800

Incredibly rare for mechanical failures to occur these days, thankfully.

However, design flaws can be subtle and indirectly lead to losses, particularly flaws in relation to auto flight/autothrottle.

(Asiana, Air Inter, Air France 400 all come to mind....)

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Re: Attacker vs Attacker

It's TCAS, but you're broadly correct.

You won't have to be moving to do this, either, as ships have a similar system and can generate false returns in aircraft (although they're very rarely at the same level......).

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Re: "almost always mechanical backup for critical ... components."

Here's the other famous one with no hydraulics (and hence no primary flight controls):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_232

After the incident, they trialled a similar occurrence with many, many crews in simulators, to see if they could come up with some kind of procedure to cope with this event again. All of them lost control and crashed spectacularly.

Only this and the DHL flight have ever made it. The key was getting the landing gear down; it improved stability through increased drag.

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

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Re: Good idea

You can spec. iMacs with SSD from the get-go and 16GB of RAM, plus wired keyboard.

That's exactly the spec. of my BTO iMac.

I even have a LogiTech mouse receiver in one of the keyboard USB slots......so it could easily be the machine for you.

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OS X Yosemite still open to Rootpipe hijacking, says ex-NSA bod

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System Firewall instead

Think this will fix it, I think. A proper system-wide firewall, unlike that in OS X.

http://www.hanynet.com/icefloor/index.html

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Wait for 15 inch update or buy existing one

Check this out. Usually accurate enough to avoid making the wrong decision.

http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/macbook-pro/

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: What about HUD?

HUDs are used in commercial aircraft.

Standard fitment on 787 and A350, as well as many executive jets.

Quite a few BMWs have them now (M5s/M6s they are standard).

But generally agree; they are useful, intuitive things and I don't understand why they never "took off" (groan) more quickly.

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Should be OK

But unfortunately Armourers** take them apart and "service" them completely unnecessarily all the time.

The death of at least 1 Red Arrows pilot(on the ground) was the result......

**The fabled Amrourer's song:

"A....I'm an armourer,

B...I'm an armourer.", etc.

(they're not the sharpest tools in the box).

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

RPF

Re: Why the engines on an airliner are set forward

The engines are set forward of the wings so that if there is an unconfined engine failure, it doesn't wreck the wing. It is a certification requirement.

I hope the rest of the article is a bit more accurate than that part.....

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Are people still banging on about Win 8?

I have to agree. I use Win7 on my 2011 MacBook Pro (seems fine) and bought Win 8 .1 for my new iMac's Bootcamp partition.

The tile interface is a bit weird (I too turned it off) but otherwise 8.1 seems very zippy and stable and actually runs older programs (alright, games; why else would I use Bootcamp?) better than Win 7 does. Win 8.1 cost me just £40 from eBay, which really is not much.

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

RPF

Re: What about the AIR quality

The oxygen levels are not really that low; you are never above 8500 feet pressure altitude, which means about 75% c.f. Sea Level.

The air is partially recycled only; and that is passed through extremely-fine filters to remove bacteria/dust.

The big problem with cabin air is ozone. If you fly on aircraft with no ozone scrubbers, or even old ozone scrubbers, it reacts with organic compounds on your skin and clothes, creating all sorts of irritants. This is particularly noticeable in the eye and nose areas.

Finally, all Boeings prior to the 787 did not do what Airbus have always done, which is to spray what little water was removed by the air compressors back into the intakes. So most Boeings have extremely dry air (way worse than the Sahara) which can also affect the eyes and nose in particular. Using lip-salve in the nose will really help.

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

RPF

Re: Try landing a real aeroplane before commenting

Well said, particularly the last two sentences.

p.s. Yes I have landed real aircraft...many types and many times.

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Re: 14 years?

No they don't; the vast majority are hand-flown for at least the last few miles.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

RPF

You'll probably have to fly as freight, then....... 747-8 is also a disaster (that cannot fly within 50 miles of a thunderstorm). Total of 8 passenger variants sold; tells you who good it is.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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Now patched by 10.9.2

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Chrome for the slurp-weary: Cookie-binning Aviator browser arrives

RPF

Nice one.

I've just ditched the Chocolate-factory's Chrome for Aviator and it works well.

I like the "Protected"/"Not protected" flag; pretty user-friendly all round (and compatible with most extensions).

Good job and thanks for the info, El Reg!

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Groundbreaking Camino browser digs grave, jumps in

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rpfryett@gmail.com

What a shame; Camino's a great little browser.

Thanks to all the devs past and present; hope your next project(s) fare better in the long-run.

Salut!

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: Plastic Smastic - folded metal rules

Metal. Detectors.

That's what this is all about.

Surprises you, clearly.

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Very true. All the way up to siege mortars and Main Battle-tank guns.

Plastic MBT design next? Would be great fun!

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Re: A few points of order

...and then the Brits whipped your butts when you tried to take Canada a few years later.

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Re: Pointless argument

Absolutely correct. And if it's painted in gun-metal or black, how would the targets even know it's plastic anyway?

Maybe it's not much more dangerous than a replica, but not many people will think it's anything other than a proper pistol.

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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Re: @censored

You have a battery-powered XBox?

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Good job!

Great list, well done; must have been a nightmare to choose.

Yie Ar Kung Fu was the title of the game I've been wracking my brains to remember for years; that really was a great game. You could learn superb moves, but the game learned to avoid them, so you had to save your best moves for the last opponents, making progress through all the levels a self-imposed balancing-act; brilliant!

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Sky rudely barges TalkTalk off the top-three UK ISP podium

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WTF?

The amazing thing is....

...that anyone's still with the utter garbage that is TalkTalk.

I left when they set up a second Direct Debit for my "free" broadband. When I queried it, they said it was free....when they got around to modding my exchange!

So I told them to stick it and they tried to charge a cancellation fee, even though I was in the free cooling-off period. Ended up having a stand-up row with the team that was meant to smooth-talk me into staying, over BS like the meaning of "free".

Talk Talk. are utter, utter mouth-breathing, phone-salesman, low-life, amoral, lying, scheming, dishonest shits.

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Meet Shenzhen, tech capital of China

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Flame

Extreme Capitalism

Shit.

Hole.

The pollution, noise and ugliness of that place is hellish.

Only when these money-obssessed locusts have eaten or concreted over every thing will they realise:

You can't eat money.

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OpenWave fires ten-gun patent broadsides at Apple AND Google

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FAIL

Contradiction

"But these patents aren't broad because they were filed by a troll looking to make money: OpenWave was genuinely breaking new ground and doing things which had never been done before.

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But that was a decade ago, and last August the company publicly recognised that its most valuable asset was its patent portfolio. "

Those two sentences are surely contradictory?

Were they just about to release a server-based speech-recognition application? Highly doubtful, isn't it?

OpenWave look exactly like a troll looking to make money out of holding up progress, to me.....

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Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

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Complete and utter bollocks

This is complete and utter bollocks from Airbus.

Engines are podded forward of the wing main-spar for a reason (uncontained failures do still happen) and the regulators won't be changing that requirement, probably ever, especially on engines that "need" less servicing.

Formation flying is incredibly difficult in small, manoeuvrable fighters; in large aircraft with masses more momentum, it would be harder still. Again, the regulators wouldn't even countenance it, for sure.

Flying in another aircraft's vortices is not "free lift", it's turbulence...!

Wings already adapt to wind conditions; they use flaps and slats (some settings are specifically designed for gusty or strong-wind conditions) and that's all that's needed, thanks.

At least they are moving towards "flying-wing" designs forms, though; that's a good start.

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Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study

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Hea(r)t-warming

See title.

Funny how the eco-mentalists like to discount the heating effects of the fusion of millions of tons of hydrogen every second......

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Apple one-day-only sale plans for Macs, iPads leaked to web

RPF

rpfryett@gmail.com

My understanding is it's called "Black" Friday because it's when retailers generally move into the black (profit colour) on their accounts, due to Thanksgiving's buying frenzy.

So, no racist angle there.

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